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It has been a week of adjustments to many around us. To help patients receive medical care without having to travel to a healthcare facility, Medicare and many commercial payers announced this week they lifted geographical restrictions and are paying for telehealth services in all areas of the country and in all settings, for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. CMS telehealth visits are paid at the same rate as regular, in-person visits (CPT codes 99201-99215).

Prior to this temporary telehealth expansion, CMS made several changes to improve access to virtual care. In 2019 and 2020, Medicare started making payment for many other telemedicine services. 

With the HIPAA-compliant Premium TeleVisit Tool included in your premium subscription, you can instantly see your patients, discuss cases with your colleagues remotely and meet CMS billing requirements for telemedicine services relevant to wound care. 

We've put together the guide below to help jump-start or expand telemedicine in your practice. For a personalized approach, contact us (included in your subscription).

How do I get started with telemedicine in my practice? Let the Wound Telemedicine Wizard walk you through the options. See algorithm >>

Telemedicine/ Televisit Implementation Playbook - Part 2

Wound Care | published on 3/20/20 

Telemedicine can be a plausible option to do more with less in wound care. This is the second installment of the Telemedicine/ Televisit Implementation Playbook. The first installment guides healthcare professionals in assessing the benefits telemedicine can bring to their practices (see Part 1). This topic provides a practical pathway for implementation of telemedicine solutions.  

TeleVisit Tool Instructional Brochures

Wound Care | last updated on 3/20/20 

Televisit Instructional Brochures. Step-by-step handouts for consultants and requestors  

Reimbursement for Telemedicine Services in Wound Care

Blog | published on 3/20/20 

This blog article summarizes coding, coverage and reimbursement information on some of the telemedicine services that are relevant to the wound care healthcare professional  

3 Ways Telemedicine Can Help Wound Care and HBOT Clinicians Combat the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Blog | updated on 3/17/20 | FREE

The Trump Administration announced on 3/13/20  aggressive actions and regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers and states respond to and contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). According to the CDC, currently there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Telemedicine can play a significant role in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Find out how wound care and HBOT clinicians can leverage telemedicine to continue to care for their patients in a safe manner. 

What wound care and HBOT clinicians need to know about Coronavirus

Blog | published on 3/16/20 | FREE

A quick reference on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with clinical and coding guidelines, handouts and resources. New: CMS and CDC Guidance for Healthcare Facilities

To assist with efforts aimed to decrease spread of COVID-19 and limit non-emergent healthcare visits, WoundReference is making available the Video Chat portion of our HIPAA compliant Premium Televisit Tool to the wound care community. It is simple, secure and free to use. No downloads needed.
WoundReference Clinical Advisor Samantha Kuplicki MSN, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, CWS, CWCN-AP, RNFA talks about the new TeleVisit Tool Video Chat Edition as a tool for care continuity during the pandemic (1 minute video). Watch now >>.
Getting started with the free TeleVisit Tool Video Chat Edition. A quick tutorial (1 minute video). Watch now >>